Thursday, June 02, 2005

    Why Unions Hate NSPS

    NSPS is the National Security Personnel System. There is a dedicated site that details the system entirely here. From their FAQ on what is the NSPS:
    • Section 9902 of Title 5, United States Code, enacted by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Public Law 108-136, November 24, 2003) gives the Department of Defense (DoD) the authority to establish a more flexible civilian personnel management system. NSPS will allow the Department to be a more competitive and progressive employer at a time when the country's national security demands a highly responsive system of civilian personnel management. NSPS, once the design is finalized, will likely include changes in the way civilian jobs are graded and classified (a shift to Pay Bands), in the way the employee and manager performance objectives are set, managed and rewarded (Pay for Performance), in the way the Department works with its unions (Labor Relations), in the way the Department hires, promotes and adjusts its workforce size (Staffing Flexibilities) and in the way the Department addresses personnel issues, discipline and appeals. The specifics of each of the above are not yet determined. They will result from a DoD-wide effort currently underway.
    Unions hate this because it goes against their philosophy that all workers should be paid based on seniority and not performance. Unions hate this because it is a performance-driven initiative, one that I wholly support. If you've read any of my previous posts or you have a basic grasp of how business functions as well as common-sense economics you already know why unions in the federal workforce - especially employed in strategic responsibilities - should not exist. I give you the union link so you can feel the hate for yourself. The hate of a productive worker being compensated more than a less-productive worker.
    Can you imaging if military requirements were suddenly under extreme demand and they pull one of their extortionist strikes?
    On the otherhand, the military and their families love this - contrary to what the unions try to tell everyone.

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